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Photos: NASA's LADEE Moon Dust Mission In Pictures

Moon Laser Seen From Earth

ESA

This infrared image shows a laser beam signal from NASA's LADEE moon probe as seen in infrared by the European Space Agency's Optical Ground Station in Tenerife, Spain on Oct. 26, 2013. [Read the Full Story of the Moon Laser Test Here]

NASA LADEE Laser Communications

NASA

An artist's illustration for the high-tech laser communications system on NASA's LADEE moon dust probe now in lunar orbit. [Read the Full Story of the Moon Laser Test Here]

How NASA's Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration Works (Infographic)

R. Toro/SPACE.com

NASA's Lunar Laser Communications Demonstration is a novel test of next-generation communications tech. See how the system works in this SPACE.com infographic.

Spectacular NYC View of LADEE Launch: Ben Cooper

Veteran launch photographer Ben Cooper captured this spectacular photo of NASA's LADEE moon probe soaring across the night sky from Top of the Rock, Rockefeller Center, in New York City, about 200 miles north of the launch pad at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., on Sept. 6, 2013. A Minotaur V rocket launched the LADEE probe at 11:27 p.m. EDT. See more amazing LADEE launch photos by SPACE.com readers.

Frog Photobombs NASA Launch

NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

The launch of a rocket carrying NASA's newest moon probe sent a frog flying high. The frog can be seen in the top left corner (circled). Image uploaded Sept. 12, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind the Frog Launch Photo Here]

Close-Up of Frog During LADEE Launch

NASA Wallops Flight Facility/Chris Perry

A frog was sent sky-high by a rocket launching from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va. Image uploaded Sept. 12, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind the Frog Launch Photo Here]

Amazing NASA LADEE Launch: Chris Bakley

Chris Bakley

Photographer Chris Bakley captured this stunning image of NASA's LADEE moon probe launch from the beach in Cape May Point, N.J., on Sept. 6, 2013. LADEE launched from Wallops Island, Va., and was visible across a wide swath of the U.S. East Coast. See more amazing LADEE launch photos by SPACE.com readers.

Minotaur V Rocket On Launch Pad with LADEE

NASA TV

NASA's LADEE moon dust probe and its Minotaur V rocket stand poised for launch atop Pad 0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., ahead of a planned Sept. 6, 2013 launch. [Watch the Launch LIVE HERE]

NASA Moon Pies at LADEE Launch

Miriam Kramer/SPACE.com

LADEE-themed Moon Pies stacked up at the Wallops Flight Facility's visitor center. Image released Sept. 6, 2013. [Read the Full Story Behind the Photo]

NASA LADEE Probe Ready to Launch

NASA TV

NASA's LADEE moon dust probe and its Minotaur V rocket stand poised for launch atop Pad 0B at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Wallops Island, Va., ahead of a planned Sept. 6, 2013 launch.

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